Monday Muse: Rachel Zoe Stays the Course for Spring 2016

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

L.A. fashion leans heavily on a few motifs. The beach, yes — it’s there, isn’t it? Music festivals, sure. If the whole world is focused on the Coachella Valley, it’s for good reason. And bohemia. Everyone who comes to L.A. has a dream, right? We’ve got as many gypsies and transplants here as we do locals, and sometimes, it’s tough to tell the two crowds apart when everyone is decked out in macramé, tassels and eyelet lace. One designer that has boho glam in her DNA is Rachel Zoe, the multi-hyphenate mom of two (designer, host, media mogul). Her eponymous label’s latest collection was a love letter to her own personal style as much as L.A.’s, so while there was no reinvention or high fashion on those models’ stilettos, there was plenty we’d be glad to add to our closets.

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Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

For spring, fans of Zoe’s past collections will have plenty to covet. Maxis, tunics and peasant blouses were all present and accounted for, though we’re not sure they made an impact on the red carpet. The fantasia of Los Angeles and the Laurel Canyon ladies is what Zoe was aiming for, but those basics diluted the message instead of making it more dynamic. The standout pieces, which included a lace long-sleeved gown and a few brightly patterned frocks and tops, might draw a new audience to her brand, especially those who dismissed it at first. Zoe’s leaning more luxe these days, which might be due to her new partners. She’s still firmly in the world of contemporary, but to stand out, she’ll need to focus more on really special pieces, not the basics that shoppers can grab at Zara and its brethren.

What sort of pieces? Flat sandals looked chic when paired with a louche wrap blazer. Culottes are still going strong, and Zoe’s take on them — in an airy linen — are a welcome change to the norm and easy enough for the culotte-averse to try. Bianca Jagger-inspired suede jackets were the standout of the entire collection and would look equally at home on top of a maxi as with a jumpsuit or cut-offs. Fringe was also a recurring theme, even as the ’70s are beginning to wane on runways elsewhere. Zoe’s heart will always be in that decade, however, so we don’t expect to see the fringe, tassels and beading to leave her line anytime soon.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

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One welcome addition to the lineup? Pajamas. No, not actual loungewear, but easy, slouchy pieces that looked cozy and chic all at once. In the land that birthed the Juicy tracksuit, the caftan-and-leggings and street-savvy sweatpant, the pajamas-as-ready-to-wear looks were a convincing alternative to Lulus and Loubs. We think Hollywood’s PYT set would be wise to skip the bandage dresses and up-to-there slits once in a while and try something a little more relaxed. With Zoe’s Midas touch, it might just be the thing to spice up the next red carpet.

For more information, visit www.rachelzoe.com.

Images courtesy WIREIMAGE and Rachel Zoe

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.